Education experts say distracted parents are not equipping their children with reading and speaking skills and are relying too heavily on teachers.
Teachers are reporting more and more that students are struggling with basic literacy, shares Daily Mail.
Sam Page from Early Childhood Australia said educators were reporting students literacy levels were slipping.
‘We have a nationwide crisis in literacy but also the major concern is this growing equity gap that we have and there is not a lot of faith in the targeted programs to address that,’ Ms Page said.
Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation co-founder Mary-Ruth Mendel, said parents needed to start taking more responsibility.
‘Absolutely children are arriving at school less neurologically prepared to learn to become a reader than they have previously,’ Ms Mendel said.
‘Parents and kids need to get off the flat screens and get into rich rewarding narrative with their children so they are sitting in class on the first day of school and thinking ‘I know what is going on’.’
At three-years-old children can usually:
· Understand simple wh-questions, such as ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’
· Understand the concept of same and different
· Follow more complex two pat instructions e.g. give me the teddy and throw the ball
· Say four to five words in a sentence
· Talk about something in the past but may use – ed a lot e.g. ‘he goed there’
At four-years-old children can usually:
· Answer most questions about daily tasks and some about a story they recently heard
· Show an awareness that some words start or finish with the same sounds
· Use words such as ‘and’ ‘but’ because: to make longer sentences
· Ask lots of questions
· Describe recent events such as morning routines
How often do you sit down with your children and read or play card games to help with memory and recognition?
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